Tales of Manila – #7 Assorted Chaos

Rain, all I see is rain.

The past 6 days and 7 hours it has been raining, not quite throughout the entire day but almost. The aphorism: “When it rains, it pours”, has never been more fitting. And here I was thinking, it wouldn’t rain as much as it did in Ireland. False, it’s like Irish rain on steroids. While it takes some time to get used to the steroid-ish drizzle from above, it is not the only troublemaker.

Traffic per se is already tremendously bad. However, when you mix it with heavy rain and Friday evening, you’ll get a complete breakdown. 3.8 kilometers take about 1:10h, everyone communicates through honking, and the rest of the sound is the rain hitting the top of your cab – the sound of chaos.

Some may find it awfully complicated to live in a place where known western structures just partly appear. I find it astonishing. You just have to learn how to cope with it. However, it is also easier said than done. Last week, I had the opportunity to finally start visiting some apartments. Don’t have to much expectations, mine were crushed right in the first apartment we visited. The entire interior brought me back to the 1980s and I wasn’t even born yet. We continued our day as we had 8 apartments to go. Have you ever seen Apartment Hunters? I guess I have to be honest. While, I was living in the US, I may have caught one or the other show on TV. Anyhow, let’s not get distracted. In case you were wondering, the apartment situation did not improve. We never really made it out of the 1990s design. What now, you wonder? We will revise, start over, and embrace the chaos. Always remember: “There is chaos out there, and chaos means opportunity.”

Next week: eat, sleep, repeat.



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